BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A University of Vermont basketball player has been suspended for eight games for reselling textbooks.

The university's athletic department said Thursday that junior Dre Wills violated its student athlete code and NCAA rules regarding his athletic scholarship by selling the books. In addition to the suspension, Wills must pay back an unspecified amount of money and perform community service.

The eight-game suspension includes three games Wills already has sat out, making him eligible to play again Jan. 18 when Vermont hosts UMass Lowell.

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In a statement, the Indianapolis native apologized and said he realizes his actions were wrong.

A spokesman for the men's basketball team called the incident a disciplinary issue and said he couldn't comment on why Wills wasn't allowed to sell the books.